Ordinance in trouble as Attorney General does a NEET U-turn

Attorney General of India KK Venugopal has conveyed to officials that the Ordinance would not stand legal scrutiny.

Published: 22nd August 2017 02:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s hopes of getting exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET rank list for admission to undergraduate medical courses this year suffered a body blow on Monday after Attorney General of India KK Venugopal reversed his opinion on a proposed State Ordinance to facilitate it. Last week, Venugopal was reported to be okay with it, but now he has conveyed to officials that the Ordinance would not stand legal scrutiny.

“The Attorney General of India said the special Ordinance for exemption of the State from NEET was not legally valid,” an officer who was part of the team camping in New Delhi told Express. The Supreme Court’s verdict on NEET is expected on Tuesday. During the last hearing the SC had sought details on the number of students who had cleared the State Board Plus Two exam and qualified for NEET.

The official further said, “we will have to conduct UG medical admissions based on NEET scores this year if the SC order too goes against the State.” Meanwhile, a group of CBSE students staged a protest at the Directorate of Medical Education campus demanding medical counselling based on the NEET score.

The development came a day after the headmistress of a private school allegedly committed suicide in Vellore on Sunday, fearing her daughter cleared Plus Two in the CBSE stream would not get an MBBS seat this year due to the current uncertainty. Her daughter had scored 1125 marks in Plus Two and had a NEET score of 212. The woman was found hanging in her bedroom around 11.30 pm.

The Tamil Nadu government had earlier tried to safeguard the interests of the State Board students by issuing a government order reserving 85% of UG seats for them. The GO, however, was struck down by the judiciary.


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